Collected Works of Sousa's Band
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|A Coon Band Contest (1900)|
|American Patrol (1901)|
|At a Georgia Camp Meeting (1902)|
|Blue Danube Waltz (1905)|
|Dancing in the Dark (1900)|
|El Capitan (1897)|
|Fairest of the Fair March (1909)|
|Hippodrome March (1916)|
|Hu-la Hu-la Cake Walk (1901)|
|In the Good Old Summer Time (1905)|
|The Darkies Temptation (1896)|
|Trombone Sneeze 30-1-1902|
|Washington Post March (1897)|
|Yazoo Dance (1895)|
- 2004-02-20 15:26:17
Subject: March tempo
Subject: "Stars and Striped Forever!" is so awesome!
Subject: Original speed of Sousa's band
Many years ago while I was a full time French Horn player in New York I played a gig with a guy who once knew a very old clarinet player who had played in Sousa's band.
The clarinet player told my friend (wish I could remember his name,) that the marches were once played much slower. But then along came records and they had to squeeze them on to the size of the record, so they sped them up. Consequently forever after everyone thought that's the way the marches were supposed to be played, and to this day all marches are played "too fast."
If you think about it, a band playing a march at the "post record" modern speed would get very tired, not to mention a marching army.
Try it yourself: Next time you are out for a walk at a normal pace sing or whistle a Sousa march at the speed you are walking. You will be amazed at how beautiful and stately they are. Someday I hope a band will specialize in playing them the "right" way.
I can't prove this story, but I am convinced it is true.
I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
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Dover, New Hampshire
originally from Cincinnati, Ohio
Subject: Sousa's band without Sousa
Subject: Very impressive
Subject: A Musical Treasure
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